Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 

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New Orleans Greek Festival

Opa! Greek Festival celebrates all things Mediterranean, from traditional cuisine to dances. 

Mud bug Madness Festival

Shreveport's Mudbug Madness Festival brings the heat! Enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish seasoned to perfection. 

Jambalaya Festival 3

Smoky-sweet jambalaya scents Gonzales for a weekend! Fix a bowl (or three) before dancing the night away. 

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With nine state museums and 21 state parks and preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Head to countless festivals. Listen to live music that will get in your bones and never leave. Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks at a Louisiana state park

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit one of Louisiana's state museums. There are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place.

These are just a few #OnlyLouisiana events happening around the state this weekend. For a full list of this weekend's events, click here!

Ouchita Live Free Concert Series

West Monroe 
May 26

In need of some Deep South blues? West Monroe’s Ouchita Live Concert Series presents the NELA Blues Masters Showcase. Performed by sonic visionaries like Toby Traylor and D.K. Harrell, this free concert takes places in open-air Alley Park. Local food trucks will be on deck with eats as delicious as the sounds on-stage.

Discover Monroe-West Monroe.

Cajun Heartland State Fair

May 25-June 4

Join upward of 50,000 guests at Lafayette’s Cajun Heartland State Fair. Treat yourself to classic carnival favorites (funnel cake, anyone?), boogie to live music and twirl on your favorite rides. Athletes might enjoy entering the fair’s Cajun Fried Pickleball Classic.

Learn more about Lafayette.

Mudbug Madness Festival

May 25-28

See why Mudbug Madness is rated as one of southeast’s best Cajun experiences. Listen to acclaimed zydeco, blues and jazz musicians, and enjoy endlessly delicious Cajun drinks and dishes. For the extroverts, join competitions like crawfish calling, cornhole and treasure hunting. Find wristband information here.

Explore more of Shreveport.

New Orleans Greek Festival

New Orleans
May 26-28

Stroll Mid-City’s gorgeous Bayou St. John during New Orleans Greek Festival, a three-day arts and culture event. Delight in homemade Greek culinary masterpieces like pastries and entrees, or collect pantry-staples from specialty grocers. After a glass of Greek wine or Mythos beer, enjoy traditional dances and Greek music. Opa!

Visit New Orleans.

56th Annual Jambalaya Festival

May 26-28

Jambalaya scents Gonzales in smoky-sweet fumes at the 56th Annual Jambalaya Festival. The city has delivered an annual weekend of delectable dishes, carnival rides, car shows and live music for nearly 50 years. If you're a wizard in the kitchen, sign up for cooking contests on Friday or Saturday.

Learn more about Ascension Parish.

Boots & Hooves Day

May 27

Let your inner cowboy ride. Lawtell’s Boots & Hooves Day takes place at Coasting Z Stables, where all ages are welcome to connect with horses. Events include horseback riding, a stick-horse rodeo and a boot scramble. Local leatherworkers will be on-site, too, with goods for sale.

Plan your trip to St. Landry Parish.

Cajun Chili Festival

May 27

In a season of seemingly endless crawfish, Cajun Chili Fest can offer a tasty reprieve. Plus, the heat is on — and we’re not talking about spice. Winners of this festival qualify for the chance to compete in a world-championship chili competition later this year, so you know the bowls are bangin’. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Learn more about Vermilion Parish.

Third Annual Harahan Music Festival and Food Drive

May 27

The Grammy-winning sounds of Lost Bayou Ramblers orchestrate the Third Annual Harahan Music Festival + Food Drive. Free to attend with a modest food pantry donation, this festival offers beats and blues made complete in the summer sun. Not to mention, your tiny dancer will appreciate The WWII Museum’s Victory Belles performance.

Visit Jefferson Parish.

Freedom Fest Crawfish Boil Cookoff & Bayou Beer Fest

May 27

Together with Mudbug Brewery, Schriever’s Freedom Fest Crawfish Boil Cookoff & Bayou Beer Fest offers two sacred Cajun classics in plenty: brews and crawfish. Once you’ve washed down the zest of a proper boil with a smooth, cold one, enjoy the sounds of live music on the lawn.

Learn more about Louisiana’s River Parishes.

Cajun Country Jam

Denham Springs 
May 27-28

You call it a concert, we call it Country Coachella! Travis Tritt and Scotty McCreery headline Denham Spring’s Cajun Country Jam, complete with food and beverage vendors. For a true festival experience, consider a camping pass, or rest up and return for another day of tunes. Purchase tickets here.

Learn more about Baton Rouge.

Make Plans for Louisiana This Month

Whether it's one of our many exciting festivals or an adventure in the great outdoors, there is always something unique to experience in Louisiana. Be sure to check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date list of festivities.

Find more trip ideas and things to do around Louisiana this month.